Tag: genetic limits

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Why genetics are not that important

If you follow this blog you might have read my recent post called ‘Blame your parents‘.  If you’re new here or haven’t read it, please click on the link and have a look at it before you continue with this post.  It’s ok, we’ll all wait for you. … Finished? Hopefully the take-away message was…
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Blame your parents

You know the old adage of as you get older you realise everything your parents told you was right? In the main, I’ve increasingly found it to be true: a lot of the stuff that had you rolling your eyes when you were a teenager turns out to be pretty spot on as you get…
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Why I would do steroids

You might have heard that world athletics is in ‘crisis’ according to the IAAF chief, Lamine Diack following a German documentary which claimed that the ‘majority of Russian athletes dope’ along with allegations that the IAAF itself have covered up or not reported positive tests. Since steroids were introduced into the public consciousness via Ben…
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What is natural, anyway?

A term I’ve used a lot is natural.  Someone is natural or training natural. What do I mean exactly?  Evidently it means no drugs are involved, of the performance-enhancing variety.  But what about supplements like protein powders, pre-workout caffeine drinks?  What about creatine supplements, that are apparently meant to be ‘cycled-on and off’? Can you…
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The best way to build muscle

How is muscle built? This might seem like a question that has an answer that can fill several books.  If you want to know the biology behind it then it probably does. Considering magazines can write articles about it week after week surely means that it is a complicated subject. It’s not really.  It’s just…
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What sort of physique can I get?

Naturally when people train, an underlying or even principle factor in doing so is for appearance: how can I get a good physique?  Or if I train in a certain way what sort of physique can I obtain?  Can I look like celebrity X or model Y? Do you even need to be in the…
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How much muscle can you gain naturally? Disclaimer: may be upsetting for some

“So I’m going to start lifting weights,” “Ok, great what are your goals? Get in shape, for a sport…?” “Just to be in shape. Don’t want to get too big though…” I’ve had this conversation a few times, normally when talking to a friend or someone I have met in the gym. I take it…
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What is a good strength level?

The concept of ‘strength’ can be quite subjective. Considering someone to be strong can often depend on your own strength. For example to a person who has never touched a weight in their lives picking up 100kgs may seem impressive, but to an experienced lifter it could be barely a warm up. Similarly you might…
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Natural vs Enhanced lifting

‘Natural’ or ‘natty’ is a term often heard in bodybuilding and weightlifting circles. Broadly speaking it applies to a lifter who is not using external hormonal assistance (i.e. steroids) to allow him to go beyond his body’s natural limits. The term steroids is a complicated subject in itself, with a large range of different compounds…
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Training Truths #9: Supplements are not required

You don’t need supplements- Supplementation is something that needs to be understood. It is undeniable that if you are training hard, especially in search of becoming more muscular, then you need to eat more calories and some more protein to support muscle growth and recovery.  However this increase is nowhere near the level prescribed by…
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